*****12:50 PM UPDATE*****
Home for lunch, listening to scanner...leading edge of storms moving through Smith County and into western Putnam County. Several trees reported down across county in various locations, including Cookeville Boat Dock Road near Little Dodge Market. Another near Buck Mtn. Road and Brotherton Mtn. Road. Western Putnam County under Severe Thunderstorm Warning along with other counties bordering ours. (Clay, Jackson, Macon, Overton, and Smith)....localized rotation reported in counties to our west by radar. Trees reported snap in half in Marshall County. Tornado warning now for Dekalb, Warren, and Cannon Counties.
****10:30 AM UPDATE****
We've recorded a 36 mph wind gust and other areas are reporting gusts of more than 40 mph. A TORNADO WATCH (meaning conditions are favorable for development) has been issued through 6 pm tonight. Updated forecast says wind gusts could reach 50 mph today. Be careful! ...expect storms to pop in the Cookeville area after 1:15 pm.
A very strong line of storms has crossed over the Mississippi River into west Tennessee this morning. These storms are moving quickly to the east. They've contained 40-50 mph wind gusts. While I want people to take this situation VERY SERIOUSLY, I do not want to create unnecessary fear in some.
Last night, in Oklahoma, these storms spawned many tornadoes. Up to fifteen have been reportedly killed.
The expectation of the storm's arrival is around 10-11 a.m. for the Nashville metro area while we should see them arrive here between 1 and 2 this afternoon. Strong winds ahead of the arrival could make driving difficult, especially for SUV's, pickup trucks, and tractor-trailers.
My friend, Erik, with Memphis Weather is doing a good job reporting from his area.
*Latest, Local Forecast*
A wind advisory is in effect through 6 pm this afternoon.
Please keep an eye on the weather via NOAA Weather Radio, Local TV & Radio, or via the web.
Again, I don't want to create unnecessary fear, but this is a potentially strong to severe developing weather situation that demands our attention.
This is a good time to mention the next Storm Spotter's Class for Putnam County is being held on Saturday, February 21st at CRMC.